Tourism Minister launches camping guidelines in Hervey Bay
ON A visit to Hervey Bay, Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has launched new camping guidelines to help councils attract more drive tourists.
Ms Stuckey said the Queensland Camping Options Toolkit was the culmination of 18 months of industry engagement via workshops and community consultation around the state.
"This toolkit will give local councils a solid platform from which they can formalise their own approach to attract more drive tourists," she said on Wednesday morning.
"I'd like to thank the many groups and individuals throughout Queensland for their contribution.
"Based on their feedback, the Camping Options Toolkit has been developed to help councils effectively manage camping within their local area.
"We recognise there is a need for flexibility.
"Our State is diverse in its destinations and therefore requires an approach that will ensure individual councils can adapt the options to suit their own unique circumstances and community expectations."
Ms Stuckey said caravanning and camping had boomed in recent years, resulting in significant numbers of people travelling throughout the state.
"Domestic tourism accounts for 80% of visitor spending," she said.
Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the guidelines would help local operators in providing visitors with the best experience possible.
"With many rural and regional communities relying on revenue from drive tourism, there is a real need for the widest possible range of accommodation options," he said.
"The Fraser Coast community has so much to offer travellers and these guidelines will pave the way for a more unified tourism approach."
Local Government Association of Queensland President Margaret de Wit welcomed the release of the toolkit.
"Local Government Association of Queensland and many councils from across Queensland were active participants in the development of the Camping Options Toolkit," she said.
"The Toolkit provides councils with a valuable resource to effectively manage camping in their area."
The Toolkit and further information on the drive tourism strategy are available at www.dtesb.qld.gov.au/tourism/queensland-drive-tourism-strategy.